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Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Enjoy your children

September 3, 2015
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Enjoy your children Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of reflections, insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: Enjoy Your Children. The hope is that this submission...

Phoenix Rising: The Temptations: A salute to greatness

September 1, 2015
Phoenix Rising: The Temptations: A salute to greatness It was the great Stevie Wonder who said during a Motown television program that most people have not gotten over their love affair with the Tempting Temptations of Motown. Well I can speak for me personally; I have not gotten over my long love affair with the Tempts. Speaking of the legendary Stevie...

Mentoring saves lives in the Caribbean

August 25, 2015
Mentoring saves lives in the Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Mentorship Institute (CMI) and the Barbados Youth Development Council have recently trained several young leaders across the country. In keeping with this year’s theme “Developing Young Leaders for the Future”, the institute hosted its second annual...

Phoenix Rising: Walk your talk

August 25, 2015
Phoenix Rising: Walk your talk In the universally famous Alcoholics Anonymous, one of the most popular sayings is “walk your talk”, that is letting your words correspond with your actions. Do you walk your talk? Say what you mean and mean what you say? Or does language transport you down highways and byways you’re...

Caribbean-Americans face blurred lines, says former US attorney general

August 24, 2015
Caribbean-Americans face blurred lines, says former US attorney general DETROIT, USA In one of his first public speaking engagements since leaving the Obama administration, former attorney general Eric Holder, of Barbadian parentage and the United States first black attorney general was the keynote speaker last week at a luncheon hosted by Diversity Information Resources in Detroit.

Slave trade remembered on International Day

August 24, 2015
Slave trade remembered on International Day PARIS, France -- By teaching, communicating and transmitting the history of the slave trade the world can reinforce the rights and the dignity of people of African descent and, together, fight against all forms of racism and discrimination, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Summer enrichment - improving your child's vocabulary and spelling skills

August 20, 2015
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Summer enrichment - improving your child's vocabulary and spelling skills Navigating “Island” Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: Summer Enrichment- Improving Your Child’s Vocabulary and...

New voice emerges in the Caribbean LGBT community

August 19, 2015
New voice emerges in the Caribbean LGBT community TORONTO, Canada -- After making the difficult decision to leave her country of birth for fear of being harmed due to her sexual orientation, former news anchor/television host and Miss Antigua and Barbuda 2007, Tasheka LaVann, has decided to use her life story as a platform to give voice to...

Caribbean Week- One Love festivities officially launched in Northern Ireland

August 18, 2015
Caribbean Week- One Love festivities officially launched in Northern Ireland BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Belfast was treated to Caribbean hospitality and festivities on Saturday with the official launch of Caribbean Week 2015. The annual Caribbean Week highlights Caribbean history, food, music, poetry, photography, fashion, tourism, agriculture, including emancipation and...

Phoenix Rising: Realizing your true potential

August 18, 2015
Phoenix Rising: Realizing your true potential From our birth, there is a vast amount of potential that exists within us. “A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed. It feels an impulsion this is the place to go now. But the sky knows the reason and the patterns behind all clouds. And you will know, too, when you lift...

Phoenix Rising: Coping with stress and life's challenges

August 11, 2015
Phoenix Rising: Coping with stress and life's challenges As we move along in our perfunctory lives sometimes we are faced with challenging situations that become very stressful and make us very anxious to the point where we are not sleeping properly, not eating properly, constantly fatigued, loss of interest in sexual relations and the like. Oftentimes you wonder...

EarthTalk: Is offshore drilling any safer for the environment today?

August 6, 2015
EarthTalk: Is offshore drilling any safer for the environment today? The Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in 2010 resulted in 11 lost lives and hundreds of millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. Various failures resulted in the loss of well control, an explosion, fire and an ongoing spill. Five years later, the US Department of the Interior reports that...

Phoenix Rising: 'The God on the Mountain'

August 4, 2015
Phoenix Rising: 'The God on the Mountain' A few years ago I was channel surfing in the wee hours of the morning and came across a lovely African American woman singing a wonderful gospel song “The God on The Mountain” on TBN. It immediately caught my attention. Lynda Randle was the name of the inspiring singer and the lyrics were...

Hillary Clinton may have interfered with US program against offshore banks

August 3, 2015
Hillary Clinton may have interfered with US program against offshore banks NEW YORK, USA -- On the heels of revelations earlier this year about questionable Clinton family activities in Haiti, the Wall Street Journal revealed last week that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband accepted cash from Swiss bank UBS, after she intervened to help it out with the IRS.

IAPA tells US Congress of press freedom deterioration in the region

July 31, 2015
IAPA tells US Congress of press freedom deterioration in the region WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA), in a hearing of the US Congress’s House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, said that the increase in direct and indirect censorship and physical attacks on journalists have caused deterioration in...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Cornelia's Jewels

July 30, 2015
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Cornelia's Jewels Navigating “Island” Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: Cornelia’s Jewels. The hope is that this submission would cause you...

Caribbean examining Singapore tourism approach

July 28, 2015
Caribbean examining Singapore tourism approach BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), in partnership with the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, on Friday held a workshop on Developing Viable and Sustainable Tourism Products: The Singapore Model. The workshop, in Bridgetown, Barbados, was...

Phoenix Rising: No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up

July 28, 2015
Phoenix Rising: No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up Life is filled with many surprises, twists and turns. As an international motivational speaker and talk show host, I am often invited to various functions and events. Sometimes, I don’t feel like going to some events and invariably when I dress up and show up something positive happens. As I look back...

Officials meet to review economic outlook for Central America, Panama, and Dominican Republic

July 27, 2015
Officials meet to review economic outlook for Central America, Panama, and Dominican Republic SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- Central bank governors, finance ministers, and banking superintendents of Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic, and senior IMF officials met in El Salvador on July 23-24 to review the economic outlook for the region and strategies to strengthen policy frameworks.

ACP ministers adopt roadmap to boost economies through fisheries and aquaculture management

July 25, 2015
ACP ministers adopt roadmap to boost economies through fisheries and aquaculture management BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The fourth meeting of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) ministers in charge of fisheries and aquaculture was held in Brussels from 22 to 23 July 2015, preceded by a meeting of senior fisheries officials on 20 and 21 July. It provided an opportunity for the ministers to take stock...

Phoenix Rising: Please pass the passion!

July 21, 2015
Phoenix Rising: Please pass the passion! A few years ago retired General Colin Powell was toying with the idea of running for the presidency of the United States. He had a choice blend of political and military experience and many thought that he’d make a great president, but Powell said that he just didn’t have it in him. His wife Alma feared...

Commonwealth to assist in 'de-risking' diaspora remittances

July 18, 2015
Commonwealth to assist in 'de-risking' diaspora remittances LONDON, England -- The Commonwealth has pledged to work with regional and international financial institutions to reduce the risks associated with diaspora money transfers, which provide a crucial source of income to citizens in many developing countries. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF)...

Caribbean countries engage in south-south cooperation roundtable to combat child labour

July 15, 2015
Caribbean countries engage in south-south cooperation roundtable to combat child labour BRASILIA, Brazil -- From 1-3 July 2015, delegations from 25 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, including The Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, participated in a roundtable for south-south cooperation focused on combating child labour, with the signing of four...

Caribbean governments criticised over Commonwealth nominees

July 14, 2015
Caribbean governments criticised over Commonwealth nominees BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Commonwealth Caribbean governments have been criticized for their apparent failure to unite behind one candidate for the post of secretary general of the Commonwealth. Antigua-based analyst Arvel Grant said, instead of publicly quarreling...

Can crowd-funding help to close the financing gap?

July 14, 2015
Can crowd-funding help to close the financing gap? ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- In efforts to explore new and innovative approaches to development finance, the Commonwealth is organising an exciting event to showcase the potential of crowd-funding. The event, Leapfrogging Traditional Capital Markets: Exploring the Development Potential of...

CDB partners with IDB to launch second campaign to promote road safety in the Caribbean

July 11, 2015
CDB partners with IDB to launch second campaign to promote road safety in the Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A picture is worth a thousand words, and a video could possibly save a life. That’s the thinking behind the second annual staging of Proyecto Luz Amarilla (Project Yellow Light), a video contest that invites young people from Latin America and the Caribbean to get creative.

Commonwealth announces principles for judicial appointments, tenure and removal

July 10, 2015
Commonwealth announces principles for judicial appointments, tenure and removal LONDON, England -- The secretary-general of the Commonwealth, Kamalesh Sharma, on Thursday published a set of guiding principles for Commonwealth member countries on the appointment, tenure and removal of superior court judges. The compendium of guidelines will help to enshrine...

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